Sawyer's Triple - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.97/5 rDev +23.6%
Just had this at the Stone Anniversary Ale tasting event at Sun Devil Liquors. Stone's brewmaster, Steve Wagner, bought a case himself and brought it for the tasting. Thanks a lot, Steve. We Stone fans in Arizona really appreciate it, and I'm sure the Sherwood family does too. We all send our heartfelt condolences to the family of Sawyer Sherwood, who this beer was brewed for, and who we learned passed away this past Tuesday.
This was a cloudy orange brew with a good-sized white head. Very well presented. Aroma of coconut and fruity esters with spicy Belgian yeast. As for the flavor, the first thing I noticed was the peppery character, from what seemed to be the alligator pepper that was used in brewing the 03.03.03 Vertical Epic, which I loved in that beer, and which I now like even better in this beer. The sweet malt and spicy yeasty flavors really come through after that. They blend quite well and balance perfectly with the hops. To me, that makes the best tripel. A wonderful beer brewed for a wonderful cause. I only wish I could have contributed myself and bought bottles of this at the brewery.
10-04-2003 05:58:50 | More by hyuga
4.8/5 rDev +19.4%
Presentation: The quality of Stones Bottles continues with another screen printed Bomber. Because of the circumstances, the design is a little more restrained, and I have to say that I like the simple classic looks. The usual description on the back of the bottle, which always raises a laugh or two, in this instance makes for a very sobering read. As I read it again, it has an even greater, more poignant, significance as little Sawyer lost his battle to the awful disease ALD, only a few days earlier.
Appearance: A massive Belgium off-white head when first poured, which slowly settles to a smooth covering. The head fizzes with a lively effervescence which is very audible. The body is a very lucid dark golden color, with some amber hints at times when back-lit. Sadly, the head breaks to reveal just a collar like halo head.
Nose: A fantastic spicy hop aroma intermingled with yeast, and freshly kneaded dough. Effortlessly Belgium in character.
Taste: Slightly sweet beginning, spicy hops invade the mouth. The black-pepper, spices, yeast and hops continually battle with each other. Orange peel and coriander enter the affray but only as Referees. No-one gains from this flavorsome fight except the Imbiber. Towards the ending, & in the finish, there are small hints of cloves & bananas at times.
Mouthfeel: A bold mouthfeel that leaves a nice tingle of the tongue and a spicy-clove aftertaste. The aftertaste of ones burps & belches are marvelous. The 7.6% is well masked.
Drinkability: I love Belgium beer & I love Stone beers so to have both, is quite the treat. A very easy 5. Gorgeously quaffable.
Overall: I am sure I am not the only one who did not really want to write this Review. Well, I have no fancy words to finish with, and I never knew little Sawyer, but I will say this - I happened to look at the Photograph of Sawyer on the wall of the Brewerys Gift Shop, just as I was ordering some of this beer on Friday. His cheerful looking bespectacled face, his right arm raised with a clenched fist, somehow says everything I cannot. Maybe Stone could release this once a year in memory of Sawyer, raise much needed funds for the fight against ALD, and remind us all - just how damn lucky we are.
10-06-2003 07:14:54 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.65/5 rDev +15.7%
Appearance Bright orange body, almost florescent, with a decent head that laced the glass well. This one looks the part.
Smell This has a nice malt base complimented by a sweet orange syrup and balancing hops. Theres some subtle yet effective spicing in there as well, mostly pepper and coriander.
Taste This is not a heavy hitter like the HOTD Rose or Westmalle Trappist Trippel. It is definitely more balanced to the extent that it goes down like silk.
The orange flavor is good but not overpowering. It is mixed with a fresh melon taste followed by a hint of banana and cherry. The fruits are light here and unspiced, which is my preference for the style.
The hop profile balances nicely. Its difficult to actually pick out the hops, but the offsetting nature of the taste establishes their presence.
Mouthfeel Lightly carbonated and refreshing. No hint of alcohol to this medium-bodied ale.
Drinkability This went down like a light lunch. It was excellent.
Comments We all know the sad history as to the advent of this bottle. I picked this up at the brewery in a solemn crowd.
The CEO was on hand (the supposed Arrogant Bastard himself who was anything but) thanking everyone who came by. The proceeds of the beer sales, along with a percentage of all purchases in the gift shop (I loaded up on Stone paraphernalia that day) went to help research for the deadly disease that stole little Sawyers life just days before.
Update: I cellared this for six months and popped it at a tasting over at skyhands house. I thought it was perfect at this point. The flavors were fully mixed yet nothing was breaking down. The mouthfeel especially was incredible, so I changed the rating from 4.5 to 5.0.
10-06-2003 03:16:47 | More by RoyalT
4.63/5 rDev +15.2%
I drove from my house in Mission Viejo down to Stone in San Marcos today to buy beer. And I've never been so depressed buying a beer. You can all look at Stone's website and read for yourself about the tragedy involving Sawyer Sherwood and his loss in his battle against ALD. Since all the proceeds from the sale of Stone Sawyer are going to be used in helping fight ALD, hopefully the money being raised will save some other child from this horrible fate.
As far as the beer, it pours a beautiful clear golden color with a quickly diminishing white head. The effervesence is continual. I poured this into a Chimay goblet and it looks great sitting there.
The aroma is wonderfully spicey with yeastiness to it. There's a sweet aspect to the nose. too.
The flavor is slightly sweet on the tongue. You can put this up against any comparable Belgian Trippel and Stone would win in many people's views.
The texture and mouthfeel are great. It has a medium feel and it is so easy to drink.
It's another world class beer from Stone. It's ashame that the circumstances are so tragic.
10-04-2003 23:36:53 | More by jcalabre
4.63/5 rDev +15.2%
22 oz. bottle into a snifter/ No freshness date
Big thanks go out to Joe for this!
P: Pours yellow from the bottle, and sits apricot in the glass. Barely a 1/2 inch head of off-white foam that disappeared immediately. Not much lacing.
A: Citrus-flavored bubblegum, ripe bananas & pears, light malts, dash of pepper, and a slight alcohol presence. Smells good!
T: Bubblegum flavors burst onto the scene from the opening sip, accompanied by floral (and slightly citrusy) hops, bruised bananas, apples, pears, and cloves all tied together by a light malt presence. Sweet for the first second, then leans toward being a bit more bitter & spicy from the pepper & alcohol. Finishes dry with a much more pronounced malt, and a kiss of yeast to balance things out. This is damn tasty!
M: Medium-bodied, smooth, clean, moderately carbonated for a good bite.
D: Very drinkable. I sit here writing this wishing that I had another to enjoy.
Notes: I sure am glad that I was able to get my hands on one of these puppies. I enjoyed it immensely! Complex, full-flavored, and downright satisfying. What else would you expect from Stone. Outstanding!
01-16-2009 03:48:39 | More by sweetbrew82
4.63/5 rDev +15.2%
Normally, the beers I review are full samples, fully sampled by yours truly, but this time I dug into my generous nature and shared the bomber with fellow BA Steorn, who'd never had anything from Stone! What better way to change that sad status than to treat him with a rare, limited bottling! And, as for the beer?
I shelved sentimentality, not that it's easy, but merely to judge the brew on the brew, and, wouldn't you know, that ain't all so hard...
Appearance: golden hue, with a pure, milky whitewhead...lovely!
Aroma: sweetness and spice, a perfect tripel feel, highly sugared, overwhelmingly pleasant, light, and. oh, so, nice.
Taste: sublime. Just perfect. Throws me back, thrusts me into a sublime state, utterly out-of-this-world, that sort of brew that sends you into something other -than-the-norm, did I say, perfect? With an abundant fruitiness, peach, apricot, citrus, and more, ...the finish is swift, but thirsty, in that it mouake you ache for more," where's my Sawyer's Tripel", you scream! Honestly, it's like that, not too big, not too small, just so-right, damn, but they made a perfect tripel, sweet, but not too much so, tasty, but just enough, refreshingly simple, but thoroughly complex...Great job, Stone, once again!!!
Enormous, effervescent gratitude to Mr. BeachBum hisself, Sir Darren of Nightengale!
11-27-2003 06:36:03 | More by feloniousmonk
4.6/5 rDev +14.4%
Bright hazy orange color with a short white head and light lacing. Nose of orange and light malt and lemon peel.
The hit here is in the flavor and balance. Wonderful malt and fruit (stone fruit and banana) in the front palate and nice subtle but bitter grapefruit hops on the back palate and finish.
The balance of this beer just may be perfect. The mouth feel is big but not too thick. The balance of fruit, malt, yeast, hops and citrus is perfect, as is the carbonation which is "just right." Rich and bold flavors that seem to be great for anything. Simply put, it just tastes good and you want more! What could be better?
The finish is a light fruit that goes to grapefruit and is long lasting and pleasant. '
This is a beer to quench thirst, consume with all kinds of food; and you could even sip as a delicious strong ale.
I waited too long to try this one! This is one of the best all around quality beers I've tried. When evaluating the perfect beer (whatever that is...) this would be in the running. I will definitely add more of this to my home stock the next time I'm at Stone.
As always, just my opinion.
05-28-2009 04:16:28 | More by GRG1313
4.6/5 rDev +14.4%
Sampled courtesy of sprinkle. Pours a dark, golden yellow, good head, and good lacing. Aroma is grainy, juicy, and fruity.
Tastes nice and malty, with apple and pearish fruits. Mouthfeel is very light for the style, but good for this particular beer. Slightly creamy texture. I wish I could get more of this, wish Stone still made it, etc.
05-03-2006 06:53:55 | More by Sephiroth
4.58/5 rDev +13.9%
Light orange gold color. Small head. Aroma is fruity and spicy (coriander and pepper?) Orange and apricots. Bready. A medium bodied Belgian Style Ale. Not sure if it really a triple but its definitely has pure Belgian roots. Malts are very fruity and spicy. Carbonation is bright and lively. Its hoppy for a Belgian ale, but what else would you expect from Stone? Very nicely balanced. Extremely drinkable. I realize that this was a special brew, but do you think you could make more of this beer? Maybe sort of an annual thing. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. Thanks to jcalabre for this beer.
11-30-2003 06:24:49 | More by beerguy101
4.5/5 rDev +11.9%
8 ounce glass at the Stone Winter Storm for eight dollars, all proceeds went to charity for
ALD, always willing to give some money for a good cause
Color was golden yellow with a slight orange tint, head was about 1/2 inch and had a soapy white appearance, some pretty impressive retention and lacing for a beer that is about four years old
Smell was missing something, lots of sugary aromas, different scents of fruit consisted of raisins, cherries, tangerine, and grapefruit, some bready malt aromas but none of these smells were substantial or stuck out much
Taste was calm and inviting that I could have probably drank a gallon of this stuff, well that might have been an exaggeration, taste was sweet all the way around, citrus at first with oranges and tangerine, later dark fruit surfaced with raisins and prunes leading the way, sugar hit the tongue each sip, aftertaste was super smooth and relaxed, not much hops left in this one if there was much to begin with when it was fresh, it was still well balanced regardless, some candy-like tastes came about when it continued to get warm, awesome beer overall
Body was nice with a medium body, thicker than most tripels I have seen, mellow level of carbonation, taste lasted a long time, sweet and creamy mouthfeel
Could have drink this all day, it went down so easy because of its unparalleled smoothness, alcohol percentage is not too bad, under eight percent, light on the stomach even though it is sweet, it had a subtle and light flavor with great drinkability
Have been wanting to try this for a few years now, finally was able to take this off my wants list, deserved to be the most expensive beer on the day, super good tripel, wish Stone made beers like this more often, highly recommended for anyone who is lucky enough to try it, would drink again in the future if possible with no questions asked, one of the best beers I have ever had from Stone Brewing
01-29-2008 07:59:10 | More by Floydster
4.47/5 rDev +11.2%
Nice looking amber orange color. A small white head adorns the surface and has good enough retention. Lacing is sparse. Great nose. Bready and yeasty. Spicy and peppery. Musty and minty. The flavors of this beer really follow suit with the nose. Bread and yeasty dough tones are very nice. The spice is subdued, but apparant. Minty tones are very delicate. And there's some fruitiness to go around as well. Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated. Body about medium. This special brew has a pretty special taste.
As a father of 3 little ones, I found that drinking this beer brought out some emotions. The Sherwood (and Stone) family are in my thoughts.
11-14-2003 03:51:26 | More by Bighuge
4.47/5 rDev +11.2%
Looking back on my rating notes from a while back: A friend and I split a case of this to help the cause. Truly sad circumstances that made this beer come about. Excellent spice and fruit scent. Tastes of banana, apple, citrus, alcohol, hops and something else which I can't put my finger on. When Stone does a Belgian, they do a great job.
05-07-2006 04:48:43 | More by Boolshot
4.45/5 rDev +10.7%
Poured into a Stone tulip. A slightly hazy honey gold. A head of white falls quickly to a thin ring. No lace.
Aroma is wonderfully bready and spiced. Fruity. Nothing hinting at hops. Flavor is nicely sweet with a strong spice character. Peppery in a way, which is bolstered by a understated alcohol heat. A very light bitterness, just enough to balance. Finish is spicy with a little heat. A nice combination - lightness of carbonation, drying alcohol, residual sweetness. Overall moderate to light brew.
03-27-2010 19:55:37 | More by goatgoat
4.45/5 rDev +10.7%
Bottle courtesy of numbeercruncher - thanks!! Split w/ dkachur and poured into a cervoise.
Appearance: Pours a clear, filtered orange gold, very vibrant and bright. The half-finger white head fades distressingly quickly, unfortunately, and the lacing is splotchy, runny, glittery. Carbonation is faint as well, though what is there is fast, fine, quick. The color's really nice, though I really wish the head had a little more to offer.
Aroma: Now that's more like it. Very crisp and clean, with tons of fruit, spice, and great Belgian malt notes. Pineapple, clove, and bubble gum seem to be the dominant three representing from each of those category, though there are deviations - pears and bananas, coriander and faint cinnamon, honey and other sweet, pale pils malts. Faint herbal notes - thyme, mint - are faintly noticeable. Very complex and full-bodied.
Taste: Halfway between sweet and dry, and very similar to the nose - fruity, spicy, and malty. It's really very similar to the nose, in fact - pineapple, banana, melon, clove, bubble gum, cotton candy - but with a soupcon of tartness that detracts ever so slightly from a few of the flavors.
Mouthfeel: Well-carbonated and medium bodied, but incredibly even and thin. It's fantastically delicate and smooth, but still somehow crisp and lively. Great.
Drinkability: What a fantastic beer, and for such a fantastic cause too. I'm very, very glad to have tried this one - many thanks again to a fantastic trader, numbeercruncher - and definitely would recommend it to others. Alcohol is not unreasonable for the style and well-hidden, the flavors and aromas are wonderfully complex and inviting, the mouthfeel is smooth yet crisp ... I'm gonna have to call this one a definite winner.
12-20-2008 08:01:30 | More by CrellMoset
4.43/5 rDev +10.2%
Poured a bright orange with a thick and creamy long lasting off white head.
The smell was strong and fruity with a big sweet banana nose and a hint of candy sugar.
A big fruity blast up front with banana, apricot, and mango's all coming through, the yeast then becomes prevalent along with a clean bit of wheat and a some dry grassy hops.
The mouthfeel was creamy and full with a long lingering dry finish.
Very solid Tripel, I like it.
06-16-2009 01:21:30 | More by bashiba
4.43/5 rDev +10.2%
The beer as it vamooses from the 22 ounce bottle pours a resplendent lucid golden-orange with a diminutive bright white head that is creamy in texture, the lace a wispy silk like sheet to obscure the glass. The aroma of over ripe fruit, yeast and a sugar cookie like sweetness pervades this crisp and appetizing nose, start is ambrosial with a personable malt profile, the top is middling in its feel to the palate. Finish has a salubrious acidity and the hops saporous with the aftertaste dry and long lasting, a quite quaffable and thirst quenching beer.
02-29-2004 20:01:25 | More by Gusler
4.43/5 rDev +10.2%
Pours cloudy hazy yellow-orange color, has a small white foamy head of small bubbles that doesn't last long. Fruity and spicy flowery aromas. Fruity bready and spicy yeasty flavors. Full bodied with soft carbonation, full and round mouthfeel, alcohol is hardly noticed, a really enjoyable tripple. I would like to thank herbjones for sending me this great brew.
01-01-2004 00:42:37 | More by maxpower
4.4/5 rDev +9.5%
22oz. bomber poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a hazy golden orange color with two fingers of head. The smell is fairly spicy with cloves and pepper. There are also some fruity esters and alcohol to the smell. The taste is smooth and mellow starting off with sweet malt. Hints of spice and fruit then show up. The finish brings forth a little bit of hops and just a hint of alcohol. It is an extremely balanced brew. The mouthfeel is very thick and smooth, and the drinkability is superb for a tripel. I think this is a great representation of the style.
But, no matter how much I like this beer, I wish it would have never been made. I wish that there was no such thing ALD, and I wish Sawyer didn't have to battle the disease. My glass is raised up toward heaven, toward little Sawyer. It is also raised for every other person that has to battle this disease. I thank Greg and everyone at Stone for helping the cause, and all my thoughts and condolences go out to the Sherwood family.
11-04-2003 05:24:39 | More by SheepNutz
4.4/5 rDev +9.5%
Served as a sample from the 22 oz. bomber, into a sampler glass. The color was golden, with a nice head retention. The smell was a nice sweetness. The taste was honey sweet, and had a slight alcohol bite. Mouthfeel was nicely carbonated. As for drinkability, a few of these would be nice.
The best beer I wish I never had. A fitting tribute to courage, both in Sawyer Sherwood as well as in all of us, and hopefully tragedies like this will soon cease with the support for ALD prevention that Stone so graciously donated. I thank my good friend WVbeergeek for bringing this bottle to Chiodo's on the day of the Pittsburgh Gathering, and hopefully the next time I have this beer, ALD will be a bad memory.
03-04-2004 23:26:50 | More by beergeek279
Sawyer's Triple from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.